Investigations Blog

  • UNC releases contract for legal services on academic fraud, other matters

    Posted by Dan Kane on February 19, 2015

    The contract UNC-Chapel Hill recently struck with a high-powered law firm shows its first priority is helping with the academic fraud scandal, which has prompted at least three lawsuits.

    It says the New York-based Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom law firm's work involves "representing the University in litigation, investigation, accreditation, regulatory and other matters arising out of and related to the academic improprieties" found in former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein's 131-page investigative report. That investigation found 18 years of classes in the African and Afro-American studies department that had no instruction and provided high grades for little or no work.

    The contract was released Thursday to The News & Observer after it filed a public records request. The contract also shows the firm could also be called upon to help UNC in a lawsuit that alleges reverse discrimination in admissions as well as complaints about the university's handling of sexual assault cases that have prompted a federal investigation.

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  • Gov. McCrory still reviewing pardon for brothers

    Posted on February 2, 2015

    Henry McCollum and his half brother, Leon Brown, are happy to be out of prison, but the adjustment to life on the outside has been hard.

    Gov. Pat McCrory is still reviewing the pardon application submitted Sept. 11 by Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, who spent three decades in prison before being declared innocent and freed in September, according to a spokesman Monday.

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  • UNC-Chapel Hill hires more legal help

    Posted by Dan Kane on January 13, 2015

    The university hires a legal team led by former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to help with highly publicized legal matters, including the long-running academic scandal.

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  • Two congressmen challenge NCAA’s handling of UNC academic fraud

    Posted by Dan Kane on December 10, 2014

    Two congressmen question the NCAA’s policy of staying out of academic fraud cases if they fully involve all students.

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  • The UNC academic scandal told through one email

    Posted by Dan Kane on December 9, 2014

    This email between Debby Crowder and Wayne Walden captures the UNC scandal in a nutshell.

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  • Firm charges UNC $1.65 million for PR on fraud scandal, other work

    Posted by Dan Kane on November 18, 2014

    The amount of money UNC is spending on outside public relations in the wake of the academic fraud scandal is crossing past $2 million. A one-year contract with Edelman lists general public relations services, but the firm had 14 employees handling the recent Wainstein report into the academic fraud scandal.

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